Glamour Puss 5: 'Tis the Season to be (a) Hottie......

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Cyn, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
  2. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Messages:
    30,402
    sweet fancy moses, where are their parents and employers to shame them away from self mutilation?
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2013
  3. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I know! Aside from looking like a tumor, it looks like it might cause a serious headache.
  4. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2001
    Messages:
    11,056
  5. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    646
    I have a question: How can you do your eyes with eyeshadow when you have no eyelids? All the instrutions say to put the dark color in the crease, and there is no crease. The only other option is apparently cat eyes, and I tire of that. The girls at Ulta were done up like the Jersey shore and were not able to be terribly helpful. I purchased Smashbox soft box, but the only thing I can accomplish is an all over light color and eyeliner. What to do when your eyes are just stuck in the face with no lids to contour?

    Disclaimer: On line tutorials are not helpful to me. Most just tell you to line your "waterline" and I tune out there because that is not something I consider good for your eye health. Also, why call it hooded eyes where there is nothing to hood the eye? Wouldn't a hooded eye logically be one that had something over it, which is what a hood is? I always thought those eyes that were deep set with big, defined lids were hooded.
  6. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    Everyone has an eyelid honey. Do you have "asian" or "monolid" eyes?
  7. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    646
    Well, yeah, I know I have eyelids, but they disappear when open. I have no idea where they go, sort of smush up like an accordian. So I assume that Asian eyes would be similiar. Think of what it would look like if someone just drew some eyes on a face and forgot to put eyelids on them. The makeup tutorials are completely useless, as are the salespeople, since they all yammer on about a crease-There is no crease. I suppose I should watch Asian tutorials, but most of the ones I have watched just try to create this mythical damn crease. I never wore eyeshadow for years because I thought I was useless at it-Turns out that it doesn't work for me at all.

    Sigh. I like this new eyeshadow. I wish to wear it properly and forget about making a crease, don't want one.
  8. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Messages:
    30,402
    i think you need to forego drawing a crease and just go for shadows that will brighten the area, like naked lunch by MAC
  9. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2002
    Messages:
    4,076
    I have hooded lids and I put the darker shade on the lid itself and the lighter shade on the "crease" (but under the browbone.) I do have a crease, but only when I have my lids closed. ;)
  10. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    Okay, do you have monolid like Lucy Lui or do you have a "hooded" lid like Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift?

    This is a hooded eyelidhttp://makeupaddiction.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/hooded-eyes4-b.jpg

    Your crease would be where your eyeball and brow bone meet. If you open your eyes and you can't see your lid, or very little of your lid than you have hooded eye. You just have to creat one right above where your crease normally is. It's no big deal. I have a hooded eye. I create a crease with a medium shade eyeshadow or just put a darker eyeshadow on the outer V of my eyelid.

    Some of the best MUA on Youtube and the web have a monolid and a hooded eyes. I could recommend several.

    So does your eyes resemble Lucy Lui's or Emma Stone, Blake Lively?
  11. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    I have a hooded eye too. But unless you're going for a smokey eye look, I wouldn't recommend putting the darker shade on the lid. It closes it eye up and "shrinks" the space. I recommend using a lighter shade on the lid.. to "open the eye" and a medium darker color slighly above my crease or I just do a darker color on the outer V of my lid.
  12. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2001
    Messages:
    11,056
    I am there too - and for me, one eye is hooded and one eye is not! :rofl:

    What frankly looks best on me is a dark brown eyeliner (crayon or pencil is easiest) on my upper eyelash line, blended out. Enough so that you can see the color when my eyes are open, which for me is halfway up my eyelid when they're closed. :lol: And since my eyelid creases are uneven, I choose to make them look even when I have my eyes open. They will just have to be uneven when I blink. :drama:

    It's a classic Asian look, probably for a reason. Well, that and I'm not used to wearing strong colors. It's probably best to keep it simple, especially when you have no crease to work off of.
  13. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I spent my Superbowl Sunday at various make up counters with a friend. Got the Chanel Rose Initiale Blush and lip gloss in Imaginaire.

    I also sampled the Oxygen Wow foundation and Honey fits me perfectly but I didn't get it as I feel that the Bobbi Brown BB cream provides enough coverage. I don't really need a foundation. Oh and someone lost to someone in football today I guess. :shuffle:
  14. Veronika

    Veronika gold dust woman

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2002
    Messages:
    4,076
    I don't usually use darker colors since I'm extremely fair. And I have large eyes too, so I don't have to worry about making them look small. ;)
  15. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I absolutely agree with this. No matter how big your eyes are, it makes eyebrows descend visually if you put a darker shade right under them. Not a good look. A lighter shade immediately underneath the brows makes you look fresher, happier and younger. If you are lazy like me, use Highbrow from Benefit. A swipe of that and your eyebrows get an instant lift. ;)

    If you feel that your eyes are big enough, you don't have to darken the crease and go with a lighter color on the lid and crease itself but save the lightest for underneath the brows.
  16. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    646
    None of the above, really. More like Bai Ling. That suits me fine, I have no wish to draw on "Western" style eyes, but want to use the eyeshadow. I gave up on tutorials when the last one showed how to take the flat blank space and draw leopard spots on it.

    It's all Jenna Marble's fault. Had I not found her channel with a makeup tutorial, I never would have even thought of eyeshadow or discovered such a thing as "hooded" eyes. (Jenna doesn't have hooded eyes, I found out I did after a Google search for more tutorials) How can it be called hooded when there is nothing there? I always assumed someone like Eliza Dushku had hooded eyes....Obviously, my makeup routine is Spartan and never included eyeshadow much.
  17. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
  18. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    Actually, I have a few websites and youtube gurus I would recommend.

    emilyquak does a smokey eye

    Birchboxtv Eye Makeup Tutorial for Monolids

    *I highly recommend the palette she is using; "Balm Jovi". It costs $39(12 shades) at their website. The Balm have fantastic eye shadows. I have this "Shady Lady Vol 1(Cheetah)Palette"

    Or I would recommend getting a Too Faced Palette - Natural & Neutral Palette.
    The Lorac Pro Palette is a good value too.


    My personal input: the right brushes do ALL the work for you. What type of makeup brushes do you have? I can recommend a few.
  19. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    Question for the "glamour pusses"(I could have used another word....lol)

    Who are your favorite YouTube Beauty Gurus and Beauty Bloggers?
  20. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    I'll list mine...

    YouTube Beauty Gurus.....

    Michelle Phan - I learned different makeup techniques by watching her videos. She is an ARTIST. The best YouTube Guru. She seems like a goofy, really cool young woman too.

    Michelle Phan's Broken City MU Tutorial. One of my favorite looks from Michelle, "Clubbing Makeup Look"

    Destiny Godley - As a WOC, until a few years ago it was hard to find makeup looks for darker women like myself. Destiny is creative and a brilliant MUA.
    Shes does drugstore and high end makeup tutorials, reviews and suggestions.

    Purple Haze | Purple Smoky Eye Purple Lipstick I LOVE DRAMATIC EYE MAKEUP.
    Easy Rihanna Inspired Makeup Transformation I plan on trying this look this weekend.

    Wayne Goss - Gossmakeupartist

    HOW TO: HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR YOUR FACE!!!

    DO NOT APPLY BLUSHER TO THE APPLES OF THE CHEEKS!!!!
    Tip: The brush he is using is the Nars Yachiyo Brush. It's a $50 brush. I bought a few months ago and I LOVE IT. It applies blush, bronzer, contour color fantastically. It gives the best soft finish of any brush I have ever used. And yes, I plan on using this brush FOREVER, so I take very good care of it.


    Nikkie Tutorials - Adorable Blonde girl from The Netherland who is funny as heck and an amazing MUA.

    2012 All-Time Favorites & Highlights

    PixiWoo - The YouTube Gurus who are probably the biggest MUA on YouTube. Their looks are great, easy to do and very creative. Plus I really like Sam and Nic who are sisters I beleive. They are both so personable and seem to be lovely women inside and out.
    They have a blog, two YouTube Channels(Pixiwoo and Pixiwoo Madness) and they have are involved with a DailyMix Style Channel.

    One of the best videos from , M.A.C LADY GAGA MAKE-UP TUTORIAL and Smokey Navy Blue Eye Makeup Tutorial


    Some more of my favorite beauty gurus on YouTube are - ColouredBeautiful , Crystalis007, JulieG


    Favorite Bloogers:

    Crystalis007 , Temptalia, The NonBlonde, CafeMakeup, The Makeup and Beauty Blog The RaeViewer, TheBeautezine and of course my own blog , Getting-Pretty.com
  21. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I watch pixiwoo sometimes but this one of the Mila Kunis look http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzqwhs3qCWU
    don't you guys think that the foundation is too yellow for her?

    One problem I have with pixiwoo are the eyebrows--they are too painted on and too unnatural. I sometimes fill mine in a bit but I really don't like the really defined "painted" eyebrow look.

    I wasn't aware of Michelle Phan--love the broken city gold look.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2013
  22. Andora

    Andora Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2002
    Messages:
    10,632
    I've recently discovered The Beauty Department. They seem kinda neat. I like Musings Of A Muse for reviews and cheaper brands featured.

    I'm trying to find more Canadian beauty blogs, because it gets old reading reviews for products that either aren't available here or wind up being much more expensive when it comes to high-end lines. :p

    http://www.beautycrazed.ca/
    http://www.Glittergeek.ca
    http://spicedbeauty.com/ (Though it hasn't been up lately?)

    I'm thinking of upgrading to a better BB Cream from my Maybelline glorified tinted moisturizer. I still really like it for daily wear, but I would love something with anti-aging properties.
  23. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    Andorra, I sometimes go to this blog.

    http://canadianbeauty.com/

    I really like glittergeek.ca. I'm gonna have to bookmark the blog.
  24. leesaleesa

    leesaleesa Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    646
    Cheap ones, except the face ones, which I have no issues with. Do I need many? One is an eyeliner brush that works well for that, and to make eyebrows. the other one is just a standard eyeshadow brush, nothing special.
  25. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    You only need a few actually. For most people, they don't need expensive brushes. Most people just use basic techniques, i.e blending, applying shadow, contouring. I recommend the following.

    Real Techniques. Excellent brushes for their price point. They are made of taklon bristles(very soft), which are cruelty free/vegan.

    Ecotools - you can buy them at Ulta, Target or online at Ulta.com or Amazon.com

    Sigma Brushes - I would get the E25, E30, E55 or E70. They are $10 each. I would start out with 3 brushes. Personally, I would get the E70 instead of the E55, why? The E70 is a very versatile brush, especially for beginners. You can use it to "wash" or "apply in a sweeping motion" eye shadow on the lid, crease and under the brow. But if you need to precisely apply color on the outer portion of the eye in a "v", it does that too.
  26. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I love my hodge podge collection of brushes. None save the Chanel were expensive (and the Chanel is not the best or a favorite).

    Bronzer brush by now defunct Presctiptives--a synthetic wide fluffy brush, still great

    Bare escentuals tapered blush brush--not the best, still looking for a great brush to apply powdered blush

    Random nameless wide brush with synthetic bristles I use to blend blush after the BE doesn't give me the results I want, probably GWP

    Lancome GWP brush, probably intended to apply foundation--I use it to sweep away stray eyeshadow under the eye right after application and before concealer

    Another random nameless brush I use to apply powder

    Estee Lauder GWP concealer brush--retired since I started used Colorscience concealer which I apply with a sponge

    My beloved veteran Garden Botanika collection--flat slanted brush for eyeliner application, tapered shadow brushes that are the envy of all the women in my family (gave one to my SIL--she loves me forever). They don't make them like that anymore.

    Origins powder eyeliner brush--love!

    Bare Escentuals blending brush--too big and too wide to blend eyeshadow, I use it to apply an all-over base color

    Lancome GWP blending brush--a gem!

    Avon shadow brush--really good for that V-line application

    Chanel concealer brush--useless POS

    The F15 of the Sigma brushes caught my eye--do you recommend it, topaz? I like a diffuse application of blush, a natural look. And this one seems like it would do the job.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  27. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    IA, I'm not so sure about this brush. It seemsl like it would do the job but the brush head seems to large to really "diffuse" the color. I have not used this brush in particular. I do have this Sigma Brush. This DOES diffuse the color and it's smaller; you can control the application better. You can "stipple or bounce" the blush on the cheek or buff it in. Duo Fiber brushes are good because they can be used with powder, cream and liquid formulas.

    I have WAY too many brushes. I have like two Sigma kits. Eyes Kit, 6 other eye brushes, 6 Face brushes including the F80. I really like this brush I don't use it much, not sure why.

    My Expensive brushes are -

    Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush #27 $50 :eek:
    But the brush has been worth it so far. I bought it a few months ago. It applies blush, all powder products, bronzer, highlighters like a DREAM. It's made from goat's hair, really soft on the skin.

    I have a few Bobbi Brown brushes which are excellent; I love the Face Blender, Concealer blending and Cream Shadow brushes. I'm thinking of getting the Full Coverage Foundation Brush. Bobbi's brushes are very expensive too but I've noticed quality with her brushes. I have about $80 worth of BB brushes.

    I use my Bobbi Brown, Nars, Sigma and Sephora brushes everyday. My two favorite foundation brushes are Sephora Pro Foundation Brush #56 & Pro Foundation Brush #55. I have the older versions of both of the brushes with the silver handle. I use the #56 for creamier foundation or face products like cream blushes or illuminators. The #55 is better with runny or loose foundations like Makeup Forever Face & Body, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation or Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. The brushes do all the work and the foundation come out looking blended, flawless and air-brushed.

    I only have one MAC brush, the #239. I like it alot and may get another one.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2013
  28. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    Thanks, topaz, will look into it. So far I apply blush with what turned out to be the rather expensive Soft Focus Brush. I really don't think that I paid this much for it--I've had it for years, it must have gone up in price.

    Anyway, I think it's not the right tool for the job. It applies the product in a way that's too precise to look natural, so I have to blend and buff with a bigger and fluffier brush. Soft focus my a$$. Do not recommend.

    How's the handle on the $50 Nars? Is it sturdy?
  29. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Messages:
    1,865
    I've recently just start buying brushes... When you say that a brush can multi-task, does that mean: 1. I use the brush to apply blush, wash it, use it to apply highlights. or 2. I use the brush for blush, brush it off tissue to remove color/product, then use the brush for highlights?
  30. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    I don't have time for that. I have dedicated brushes for each task.
  31. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,269
    Use the tissue. I do it when I'm applying eyeshadow, I can't bother to change the brush :D
    And if you wash, you won't be able to use it right away, as it would be... wet! (unless you use one of those special brush cleaning sprays, like MAC's)

    But you should wash all of your brushes every once in a while, I use baby shampoo and warm water.
  32. vesperholly

    vesperholly Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 5, 2003
    Messages:
    7,506
    Sephora makes a quick-dry spray that you can clean brushes with. Just spray it on a paper towel and wipe the brush.

    I only have one "fancy" brush, a $40 Lancome blush brush that I got in 2000. Normally I would never spend that kind of $ on a brush (I was in college at the time), but I had returned a gift to Saks and didn't know what else to get! It's still going strong all these years later, so fair to say it was money well spent.
  33. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,269
    Quality brushes are money well spent. They'll last almost forever.
  34. myhoneyhoney

    myhoneyhoney Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2004
    Messages:
    1,865
    Thanks, ladies! I do have several eye shadow brushes so I'm fine with those but I want one of those "fancy, quality, non E.L.F." blush brushes and that NARS is looking like a good one to buy but was wondering how to transition it from blush then highlighter. :D
  35. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    IA, the Nars brush is sturdy. It feels well made when you use it and there are few tricks you can use for makeup application because of the handle. If you hold the brush with the handle midway up the handle, then you have a more concentrated/bolder application. Holding the brush with the vine/handle close to the end gives a more light/suble application.

    I bought the brush after I saw this review. The author of the video Erikosan84 is another favorite YouTuber I enjoy.

    *The blushes she uses are Nars Blushes. They cost about $34 usd but they will last you forever. They are so pigmented, a little goes a long way and they last all day. I have had several of my Nars blushes for 5 years and I have barely made a dent into them. Powder products dont' really hold onto bacteria so they can last forever.


    Myhoney- I would do as beepbeep does. I just brush it off on a tissue or use the other side of the brush to apply my highlighter. I am assuming you're using a powder highlighter, am I right? I apply my highlighter/illuminator on the upper part of my cheekbone(on top of the cheekbone) in downward strokes. Some apply highlighter on the upper portion of their blush in downward or side sweeping motion. I use highlighter on the bridge of my nose, cupid's bow, under the brow too.
  36. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2002
    Messages:
    30,355
    My Chanel blush arrived today in Rose Initiale. Meh. The color is good, the smell is :scream: eau de old lady. European companies really need to get their act together with respect to scents in their cosmetics. Their products smell like it's 1950s and it's bloody 2013. This is Chanel for goodness sake where they know a thing or two about scents. :drama:

    Back to Nordstrom it goes and now I need to find another blush.

    I will just go back to Bare Minerals, their Giddy Pink which I like but feared discontinued. Well, it is not, just repackaged. And the price is a lot better.

    Wrt Nars, yes, their blush in Orgasm is a very nice product.
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2013
  37. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2003
    Messages:
    3,797
    Pregnancy has turned my hair from moderately wavy to absolutely curly. I was in Sephora the other day and let a salesperson talk me into a basket full of Bumble & Bumble curl care products.... amazing! My hair looks fabulous! :cheer2:
  38. topaz

    topaz Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2002
    Messages:
    8,827
    IA have you tried Tarte or Makeup Forever blushes? Tarte Amazon blushes I have a Tarte blush and I like it. It's matte, very natural looking. d. Try Dollface or Adored.

    MUFE Powder blush in #69, #112 or #133

    I would recommend the Nars Foreplay Palette(gotta love the name..lol). You get a highlighter and 3 blushes for like $50. Orgasm is good highlighter on dark/deep skin tones. Super Orgasm is the best highlighter for deep skin tones. Better than Albatross or Luster.

    As far as blush goes, have you tried Gaiety, Mata Hari or Desire?

    But then again, I'm dying to get my hands on this Burberry Blush in Hydrangea Pink
  39. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2008
    Messages:
    3,269
    I'm dying to get my hands in some Orgasm (no pun intended :p )
    Imported stuff is very expensive here and whenever I have money, they don't have it in the stores :drama:
  40. skategal

    skategal Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2003
    Messages:
    2,707
    That's the first time I've seen a pixiwoo episode. Love it!!!

    But yes, the foundation was too yellow on her forehead and the eyebrows were better with just the pencil rather than with the extra gel stuff on top.